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A special program celebrating the life of WPR's Karl Schmidt.


"The Quartet" by Joseph J. Ellis.

Monday, August 1 through Friday, August 19, 2016. Read by Jim Fleming.

In 1776 thirteen American colonies declared their independence from the British. It wasn’t until several years later that they agreed to give up that independence to join together to create a federal government. This second American revolution was primarily due to the efforts of George Washington, Alexander Hamilton, John Jay, and James Madison – “the quartet” of the title.

(Knopf; ISBN-13 978-0-385-35340-3 | ISBN-10 0385353405)

Theme: Beethoven String Quartet No.4 in C minor, Op.18 No.4 - 4. Allegro - Emerson String Quartet (DG 477 8649)

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About Jim

Jim Fleming began his career at WPR as a student announcer in the 1960s. In addition to producing and hosting several award winning radio dramas and programs, Fleming also held a number of management positions.Read more

About Norman

Norman Gilliland , Wisconsin Public Radio host of "The Midday" and "Old Time Radio Drama." Author of "Sand Mansions," and most recently, "Midnight Catch."Read more

About Karl

Karl Schmidt was an Emeritus Professor at UW-Extension, and read for "Chapter a Day" off and on for 75 years. Among his other roles at WPR, Schmidt directed "Earplay," a radio drama that comprised much of NPR's programming of that genre during the 1970s. He died in April 2016.Read more

About Michele

Michele Gerard Good was born in Chicago and raised in northern Wisconsin. After graduating from Ripon College with a degree in theatre, she spent most of her life pursuing an acting career – studying “the Method” at The Actor’s Studio in London, voice with Marni Nixon in New York and...Read more

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